Pigmeat Markham

Pigmeat Markham

About Pigmeat Markham

Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (April 18, 1904--December 13, 1981) was an African-American entertainer. Though best known as a comedian, Markham was also a singer, dancer, and actor. His nickname came from a stage routine, in which he declared himself to be 'Sweet Poppa Pigmeat.' He was sometimes credited in films as David 'Pigmeat' Markham. He was born in the community of Hayti, Durham, North Carolina. His family was the most prominent on their street, which came to be called (and later officially named) Markham Street in the Hayti District. Markham began his career in traveling music and burlesque shows. For a time he was a member of Bessie Smith's Traveling Revue in the 1920s. Later, he claimed he originated the Truckin' dance which became nationally popular at the start of the 1930s.

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